Reviewed By: Jason R on 09/15/2011
Rating: [4 of 5 Stars!]
When the pistol arrived everything felt really gritty. The trigger is a little squishy with the series 80 and travel was a bit gritty. It also felt like the hammer hooks were engaging asymmetrically with a little hop before the trigger broke. The ambi safety didn't really want to work quite right and was really rough and difficult to disengage left-handed. Even the frame felt like it was covered with some fine sand or something.
I did a total dis-assembly and sprayed everything down with Eezox and cleaned the hell out of everything. I worked the safety up and down a few dozen times, and now the whole pistol is almost perfect. Instead of gritty, the frame just feels a little coarse and firm to grip. It still has the squishy feel of the Series 80 parts moving the firing pin block. A for sharp edges, I don't notice anything bad on the slide. The bottom of the trigger guard is fine. The front of the mag well is pretty sharp. The rail cuts are a little sharp, but more of a hazard for holsters than hands.
It has a "National Match" barrel on it, which is beautiful. There is some noticeable play in the slide-to-frame fit, but nothing like in my pre WWI GI M1911 that rattles when it shakes. Barrel bushing is snug, and there's no noticeable play when locked up, but easily removed without a wrench. The mag release is very stiff and a little short. Probably going to need to switch it out for an extended one for my short thumbs.
Comparing this to my SA Mil-Spec I don't think I'll ever buy another Springfield pistol. The internal machining on the Colt is perfect. The insides of the SA look like it was finished off with a rock.
Be prepared for Bud's slooooow order processing. Definitely not for instant gratification types like me. Ordered on the 1st and it was delivered to my LGS on the 13th (just as I was checking in to the ED to get my appendix out!) and I picked it up on the 14th. LGS is surprised at how Bud's is selling guns at cost. Also, Buds dropped the price the day after I ordered it, and gave me credit for the price difference, which is nice and will get me a free magazine.
Still need to take it out and shoot it, but my belly still hurts from surgery, so I'm putting it off for a day or two.
Overall, great pistol, good service, will definitely recommend Bud's and Colt to friends, and will definitely order from here again in the future.
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